The week of March 14 is National Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week, a time to celebrate our profession’s many successes! For more than 50 years, PNPs have provided quality health care for children, and we continue to expand our horizons, working in primary care, acute and specialty care. I am proud to represent our PNP NAPNAP members as we embrace full practice authority and continue to share our expertise with the patients and families we serve. PNPs have a strong history of advocating for children and their families, dating back to the 1970s.
I am very excited for the opening of NAPNAP national elections! You will have the opportunity to vote for your elected leaders March 1-31. The NAPNAP Executive Board is composed of the president, president-elect, immediate past president, secretary, treasurer and, as of July 1, six members-at-large. Voting is a membership privilege and your chance to participate in determining the leadership of your organization!
Greetings! In the news: Groundhog, “Punxutawney Phil” did not see his shadow, so winter will soon be gone! Hard to believe after the record-breaking snowstorm that hit the northeast two weeks ago and another storm that came across the Midwest last weekend! Hope everyone is warm and looking forward to a snow–free Valentine’s Day weekend and of course, a warm week in March for the NAPNAP conference in Atlanta!
Registration is open for the upcoming NAPNAP National Conference in Atlanta! I sincerely hope you will plan on attending! The NAPNAP conference offers many benefits for students, from enhancing their education about the pediatric-focused APRN role and clinical topics to introducing them to potential employers in the Exhibit Hall and the Student Reception. Mentoring is also a great opportunity for students to learn, and mentors benefit from the opportunity to share their knowledge and learn from their mentee!
I hope that you have many positive experiences and adventures to remember when you reflect on the events of the year. It is amazing that half of the decade from 2010 to 2020 is now over! As your new year’s resolution for 2016, consider taking part in advocacy efforts for child health in your own neighborhood! There are so many concerns for children and together we can positively affect these outcomes.
I’d like to wish everyone a holiday season filled with family, friends and great surprises. May your 2016 be safe, happy, healthy and filled with many exciting adventures for you and your family! 2015 was an exciting year for NAPNAP! Allow me to share with you some of our highlights...
It is so hard to believe that 2015 will soon be ending! Our weather here in the north has been mild so far, but I am sure that cold temperatures, snow and ice will be part of my life following the New Year. I look forward to flying south to the 37th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care, March 16-19, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. Since it is the season of giving, consider giving yourself a gift and join me. Let me share with you some of my favorite conference highlights to help you plan your itinerary.
It is hard to believe that the holidays are quickly approaching, and Thanksgiving will be here in just a few days! The history of Thanksgiving, including the original 1621 meal shared by Pilgrims and Indians, has evolved over time and is full of interesting facts!
Happy Nurse Practitioner Week and happy anniversary NPs! Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the nurse practitioner movement makes this year’s NP Week (Nov. 8 – 14, 2015) even more special. In 1965, Loretta Ford partnered with Dr. Henry Silver at the University of Colorado to create an educational opportunity for registered nurses to expand their training in pediatric primary care and fill critical gaps in rural areas desperate for providers. Their pioneering leadership launched the nurse practitioner movement, which continues to grow and thrive.
This blog is dedicated to our 48 local NAPNAP chapters and one e-chapter across the United States. Run by local leaders, NAPNAP chapters host meetings, offer networking and educational opportunities, and stand as the “home-base” for most of our members. Chapters interact in many ways with their communities, donating funds to charities that provide services to children and families, aligning with schools to provide support for athletes or offering health care through volunteering at clinics.
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is an organization founded in 2006 to provide resources for students, parents, educators and others about the seriousness of bullying and the impact it has on many aspects of student and family life. To educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention, PACER identified October as National Bullying Prevention Month. Today there are many available resources for anyone who interacts with preschool and school-aged children, especially kids who may be victims of bullying.
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month! In 2010, President Obama marked this month as a time to highlight the need for action to help children combat obesity through proper nutrition and daily exercise. The First Lady introduced Let’s Move, an initiative to provide helpful information to parents and foster environments that encourage children to make healthy choices. There has been quite a bit of energy around the issue of childhood obesity, which despite research, recommendations and overall awareness, continues to be a problem.
Do you recall the song, “I Can’t Say No,” from the musical, “Oklahoma” by Rogers and Hammerstein? The original Broadway production opened in 1943, and the film was released in 1955. Although my knowledge of this award-winning musical can suggest my age, the song is truly my theme song! I still have difficulty saying “no” to anyone for anything, whether it is personal or professional! In fact, many nurses feel obliged to say “yes” to overtime, taking the extra patient or staying late at the office for that last sick child of the day.
On August 17, the state of Maryland mourned the passing of a pediatric icon. Lenny Robinson, a 51-year-old man who dressed as Batman, drove a Batmobile, and brought joy and excitement to pediatric patients, families and staff at the hospital where I practice, died in a tragic accident. Even though Batman’s real identify was mostly unknown, his “undercover” work did not go unnoticed. In the same vein, you, our NAPNAP members may not be nationally or locally renowned, but we are grateful for the, often unnoticed, work that you do for children every day!
August is National Breastfeeding Month and National Immunization Awareness Month. Breastfeeding our infant children and immunizing them as they develop and grow are critical to our country’s overall health and well-being. Read more about important breastfeeding and immunization initiatives and find out how you can get involved!